As the largest city in O’Brien County, Sheldon settled its roots originally along the Sioux City and St. Paul Railroad. As time went on, the highways took more of a formative role in its growth and development; now Iowa Highway 60 and US Highway 18 allow Sheldon to stretch its arms into Minnesota and South Dakota without breaking a sweat.
Sheldon has experienced a bit of a revival with the recent addition of the Highway 60 bypass. Instead of shrinking, as some towns do in such an event, Sheldon has thrived; not only has it welcomed new business and industry, but it also has experienced a new town layout, which residents and visitors love.
Sheldon may be a small town by most of the country’s standards with its 5,188 residents, but it is by no means small in community spirit. You’ll be hard-pressed to find cities twice its size with as many well-attended area events. Its annual Golden Easter Egg Hunt, Crazy Days, Festival of Trees, and Sheldon Celebration Days are a constant reminder to its residents that solid human and business relationships are the real definition of success.
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Home to the Northwest Iowa Community College as well as Sheldon High School, Sheldon Christian School, and St. Patrick’s Catholic School, Sheldon has private and public education options for students of any age.
From its Kids Art Club to its community sports teams to its civic education programs, Sheldon is always humming with activity for everyone who wants to get involved.
It’s easy to connect with Sheldon’s events and news—just ask your neighbors. Or check out this link.
The Sheldon Chamber of Commerce aims to keep businesses, job candidates, and residents connected to each other.